Cambridge native and NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth hasn’t sat behind the wheel in a race since November of last year. That streak is set to end Tuesday night in Slinger at the SuperSeal Slinger Nationals.
It’s tough to find a level of racing Kenseth hasn’t won in. The Slinger Nationals is a race he has a record seven victories in. It’s also where his dream of becoming a NASCAR driver started.
“All kinds of legends raced their from the stands. I have a lot of memories there from that to the Nationals all the way to that, so it’s fun to go back and do it,” Kenseth said.
Kenseth’s NASCAR career stretches nearly two decades. He has 39 career wins at that level including a Cup Series championship in 2003 and two Daytona 500 victories. Despite that success, he has decided to maybe never return to NASCAR.
“The full time thing has passed, I had a good deal to go drive No. 6 car full time,” said Kenseth. “It’s a tough balancing act, I’ve been doing that for a long time. I feel like it’s time to go do something else, and spend more time with my wife and kids.”
Kenseth’s last Cup Series race was the finale of 2018. His return to the sports is Tuesday night in Slinger. After that, who knows where he might race again.
“I don’t know on the racing front to be honest with you. I really don’t know,” said Kenseth. “I don’t think I’ll ever race full time again. You never know what’s going to happen, there might be some more stuff you want to do that might be really fun.”
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*** The video above has excerpts from an interview with Matt Kenseth done by Alec Ausmus of the 27 Sports Department. ***